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ROKAF Black Eagles win top trophies in UK airshows. 07/10/2012


Royal International Air Tattoo 2012 ...   ROKAF Black Eagles win top trophies.

Republic of Korea Air Force, 239th Aerobatic Squadron, Black Eagles national aerobatic team are about to conclude a highly successful three weeks tour in UK, with a last display at Farnborough International next weekend. This is their first appearance ever outside of Korea and also the first time in the history of airshows that a national team from the Far East visit Europe. A special report will appear in this website magazine on this awesome aerobatic team.  On Sunday July 8th at RAF Fairford, they were crowned with the Royal International Air Tattoo 2012 top award, the King Hussein Memorial Sword, presented in memory of the late HM King Hussein of Jordan, Patron of the International Air Tattoo (1983-1989) for the Best Overall Flying Demonstration. The sword was presented by HRH Lt Gen Prince Faisal of Jordan.


The team also collected the As the Crow Flies Trophy, voted for by the Friends of the Royal International Air Tattoo, and presented by David Higham, Director of Finance and Support Services for the RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises.


Commenting on their two awards, Lt Col Young Hwa Kim, commander of the Black Eagles, said: “I am very honoured that we won the best award in the aviation industry. I can’t express in words what we feel. I am very delighted with the team and pleased with our success.”
The team had already won a trophy for their display at the Waddington Airshow the weekend before, giving them a haul of three awards to take back to their air base at Wonju in South Korea.


More trophies were awarded during RIAT 2012 including many given to the best solo displays of the weekend. The Paul Bowen Trophy - presented in memory of Royal International Air Tattoo co-founder Paul Bowen for the Best Solo Jet Demonstration – went to Sqn Ldr Scott Loughran of 6 Squadron RAF Leuchars, flying the Eurofighter Typhoon. The trophy was presented by Tim Prince, Director of the Air Tattoo and Chief Executive of the RAFCTE.

The Volunteer Reserve Forces Poignard Trophy was won by 37 Signals Regiment of the British Army who sort out the vital telephone system around the airfield each year. Maj Dave Fraley, who received the trophy on behalf of the unit, said: “It's wonderful to be recognised for the work the regiment does here at the Air Tattoo. We have had a fantastic time, despite the weather, and we are looking forward to returning next year, our 35th year.”


The Sir Douglas Bader Trophy – presented by Shell UK for the Best Individual Flying Display – went to Captains Michael Brocard & Cedric Ruet, from ETR 2/92 Aquitaine, French Air Force, flying the Rafale. Captains Ruet and Brocard were already crowned with trophies past years for their superb Rafale Solo Display at RIATs.

Gp Capt Geoff Brindle, whose Air Tattoo roles have included Lightning Display Pilot and Flying Display Director, presented The Lockheed Martin Cannestra Trophy – awarded by Lockheed Martin for the Best Flying Demonstration by an overseas participant - to Capt Adrian Rojek and Capt Artur Kalko flying the Polish Air Force Mikoyan MiG-29. Capt Kalko commented: “We are very surprised, we didn’t expect any award. We were very happy for the invitation and the opportunity to present the Polish Air Force, and its national heroes and RAF pilots.”

Poland was again elected for the Best Livery award which went went to the crew of the Polish Navy's Mil Mi-14 “Haze”' helicopter of 29 Eskadra based at Darlowo.

Last but not least, the Steedman Display Sword - presented by The Royal International Air Tattoo in memory of the late Air Chief Marshal Sir Alasdair Steedman, Chairman of the International Air Tattoo (1981-1988), for the Best Flying Demonstration by a UK participant – was awarded to Flt Lt Justin Shaw and his team, flying the Chinook from 18 Sqn, RAF Odiham.



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